Blood tests are not 100% accurate and there
are different types of blood tests they do to check
Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver cell. If the liver
cells are damaged, the immune system of the body
respond to this damage and cause inflammation
to develop in the liver. This will cause the liver to
enlarge in size. (This can be seen on an
ultrasound or Ct scan).
If the blood is not able to flow well through the liver,
or if there is a problem in the portal vein...blood can
get backed up and cause the spleen to enlarge, also.
There are a few ways that Alcohol can damage the
1) over consumption of alcohol can cause damage
because it doesn't give the liver enough time to
convert it pass the acetaldehyde stage.
The liver normally removes toxins from our body
and converts it into a non toxic form that the body
can dispose of. When the cells are damaged,
the liver cannot do this efficiently. The alcohol and
acetal stage can become toxic to the liver cells if
the liver cannot convert them further into acetate
and then CO2 and water.
2) People who drink over long periods of time can
develop fat infiltrate inside the liver. The fat causes
pressure inside the liver and it can also damage cells
3) Some people are more sensitive to alcohol than
other are. Some people never have a liver problem
no matter how much or how long they have consumed
it...others, it doesn't take much to cause damage.
All liver patients are told "NO Alcohol". They are
also told not to take any drugs that are not approved of
or prescribed by their doctors. Most drugs go to the
liver first, to be broken down, before going to the rest
of the body.
If this is caught in the early stages, those before the liver
cells start to die off, then there is a chance the problem
can be reversed. Once the cells start to die, the functions
they do start to deteriorate and the more signs and symptoms
the patient will see. Scar tissue forms inside the liver, also,
that can block the flow of blood through the liver. This is
then known as Cirrhosis of the liver.
I hope this information has been of some help to you.
You should be seeing a gastroenterologist or hepatologist.
The best test to determine how far advance the disease is,
is a liver biopsy. Best wishes to you.
caregiver to a liver transplant patient